Calculate your projected retirement age

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- Retirement Calculator — Does it all. Better on larger screens.
- Retirement Income Calculator
- Retirement Savings Calculator

The calculator has 11 inputs, 6 of them are required:

- Your Current age
- Annual contribution toward retirement
- and/or Current retirement savings

- ROI for retirement savings
- Retirement lasts how many years
- Desired retirement income
- ROI during retirement

There are 5 optional inputs. Any or all can be left at 0.

- Annual contribution increase
- Current retirement savings
- Income from government
- Other annual income
- Annual inflation rate

Click on the [Help] button for more details about each input.

If "For retirement income, withdraw only interest" is checked, you'll not be able to enter a value for "Retirement lasts how many years" since withdrawing only the interest means the principal will remain untouched. Theoretically, the income will last in perpetuity. An exception to this will be if you enter a value for "Annual inflation rate", then only the first withdrawal will equal the interest earned for the year. Subsequent withdrawals will be more than the interest earned to compensate for inflation.

Though many, if not all, of the inputs will be self-explanatory at a basic level, it is suggested that you review the below information. There are various details that are important to understand.

*Your current age* — or the age you plan to start saving/investing.

*Current retirement savings* — if you have already started saving, enter the total amount in your retirement account.

*Annual contribution toward retirement* — enter the amount you plan to save for your retirement fund. Generally speaking, the older you are, the higher the amount will have to be for you to reach your retirement income goal.

*Annual contribution increase* — assumes your annual contribution will go up over the years. Enter the annual average increase that you expect (as a percentage). If you want to allow for inflation, then enter an amount LESS than your assumed average annual inflation rate. For example, if you expect to contribute 3% more each year and you expect inflation to average 2% a year, then enter 1% since 2% is going to be eaten up by the impact of inflation.

*ROI for retirement savings* — (return on investment) your expected, annualized average return on your investments. If you were to put your money in a standard saving account (not necessarily a good idea), then this would be the annual interest rate paid on the account.

*Income from gov't* — if you expect social security income or a government pension enter the annual amount. This amount plus any income from other sources will be deducted from "annual income required" to calculate the amount of income retirement your savings will have to generate.

*Other annual income* — if you expect income from other sources besides your retirement saving and government social security or pensions enter the annual amount. For example, if you expect a pension from an employer, enter the annual pension amount. This amount and social security will be deducted from "annual income required" to calculate the amount of income your retirement fund will have to support.

*Retirement lasts how many years* — Your retirement age will be calculated based on the number of year you plan to fund your retirement from investments. At first, this may seem counter intuitive, but the longer you expect to be retired, the later will be your retirement age. The reason for this is due to the need to let your investments grow to fund the longer retirement.

*Desired retirement income* — what is the total annual income you expect to need on the day you retire including the income from other sources. The calculation for retirement age will be based on the time it takes your investments to fund your desired income less the income from government and other sources.

*ROI during retirement* — your rate of return on your investments after you retire. You could use the same percentage as you use for "ROI for retirement savings" however, normally after one retires they invest their money in assets that are more conservative and that generates a lower rate of return.

*Annual inflation rate* — if you want to increase your retirement income, then enter an estimated inflation rate. Your income will increase by this amount.

Hopefully this retirement age calculator gives you insights into your retirement options. If the calculated age is older than you would like, you basically have four options available to reduce the age:

- Increase the annual contribution
- Achieve a higher rate of return on your retirement savings
- Achieve a higher rate of return during retirement
- Reduce your desired retirement income

Please tell me how you use this calculator. Are you using it personally or professionally? What feature is important to you? If it didn't meet your needs, why? Your feedback will help me make improvements. Complete sentences aren't necessary! :)